Acts 6:4
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New International Version
and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."

New Living Translation
Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word."

English Standard Version
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Berean Study Bible
and devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word."

Berean Literal Bible
And we will steadfastly continue in prayer and the ministry of the word."

New American Standard Bible
"But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

King James Bible
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the preaching ministry."

International Standard Version
Then we'll devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

NET Bible
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

New Heart English Bible
But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And we shall continue in prayer, and in the Ministry of the word.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, we will devote ourselves to praying and to serving in ways that are related to the word."

New American Standard 1977
“But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

King James 2000 Bible
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

American King James Version
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

American Standard Version
But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Darby Bible Translation
but we will give ourselves up to prayer and the ministry of the word.

English Revised Version
But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.

Webster's Bible Translation
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Weymouth New Testament
But, as for us, we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the delivery of the Message."

World English Bible
But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word."

Young's Literal Translation
and we to prayer, and to the ministration of the word, will give ourselves continually.'
Study Bible
The Choosing of the Seven
3Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men confirmed to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will appoint this responsibility to them 4and devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, as well as Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.…
Cross References
Luke 1:23
And when the days of his service were complete, he returned home.

Acts 1:14
With one accord they all continued in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Treasury of Scripture

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

give.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Acts 20:19-31 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, …

Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given …

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received …

1 Timothy 4:13-16 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

prayer.

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with …

Acts 13:2,3 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Ephesians 1:15-17 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love …

Ephesians 3:14-21 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Philippians 1:4,9-11 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy…

Colossians 1:9-13 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

(4) We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.--Literally, We will persevere in . . . These formed the true work of the Apostles, as afterwards of the bishops or elders of the Church. "Prayer" includes the public worship of the Church in all its various developments, as well as private prayer and intercession; the "ministry of the word," all forms of teaching.

It is to be noted that the men thus appointed are never called "deacons" in the New Testament. When they are referred to again it is as "the Seven" (Acts 21:8), as though they were a distinct and peculiar body. Their functions were, of course, in some degree, analogous to those of the "deacons" of the Pastoral Epistles and the later organisation of the Church; but these, as we have seen, had their prototypes in the "young men," as contrasted with "elders," in Acts 5:6; Acts 5:10; and the Seven were probably appointed, so to speak, as archdeacons, to superintend and guide them. In some churches, as at Rome, the number of deacons was fixed at seven, in conformity with this precedent (so also at the Council of Neo-Csarea, Can. 14, A.D. 314), and they were considered, when the bishop came to be distinguished from the elders, as acting more immediately under the direction of the former, helping him in the details of his office.

Verse 4. - Continue steadfastly in for give ourselves continually to, A.V.; in (the ministry) for to, A.V. Steadfastly. The verb προσκαρτερέω is of frequent use in the Acts (see Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42; 5:46; 8:13; x. 7; see also Colossians 4:2). It is used of persons and things to which any one adheres closely and perseveringly, which are put in the dative case, as here. But sometimes it has the prepositions ἐν or εἰς after it, as in Acts 5:46; Hist. of Susann. 7; Romans 13:6. Ver. 5. - Holy Spirit for Holy Ghost, A.V. The mention of Stephen, and the narrative which follows leading up from Stephen's martyrdom to St. Paul (Acts 7:60), show to what the writer is tending. He selects the incidents in the history of the Church at Jerusalem which connect themselves most directly with that after history which was the object he had in view. It has been thought by some that the Greek character of all seven names is an indication that they were Hellenists. Such a conclusion, however, is not warranted, as many Jews who were not Hellenists had Greek or Latin names, e.g. Paul, Sylvanus, Aquila, Priscilla, Marcus, Justus, Petrus, Didymus, etc. At the same time, it is likely that some of them were. One, Nicolas, was a proselyte. The object, doubtless, was to ensure perfect fairness of distribution of the Church charities. Stephen and Philip (Acts 8:5, etc.; Acts 21:8) are the only two of whom we know anything beyond their names. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer,.... Both in private for themselves, and the church; and in the houses and families of the saints, with the sick and distressed;. and in public, in the temple, or in whatsoever place they met for public worship:

and to the ministry of the word; the preaching of the Gospel, to which prayer is absolutely prerequisite, and with which it is always to be joined. These two, prayer and preaching, are the principal employment of a Gospel minister, and are what he ought to be concerned in, not only now and then, but what he should give himself up unto wholly, that his profiting might appear; and what he should be continually exercised and employed in: and if parting with that branch of the ministerial function, the care of the secular affairs of the church, and of the poor of it, was necessary in the apostles, that they might be more at leisure to attend to the more important and useful duties of prayer and preaching; it therefore seems necessary that those who are called to labour in the word and doctrine, if possible, should be exempt from all worldly business and employment; that of the ministry being sufficient to engross all a man's time and thoughts. 4. we will give ourselves to prayer—public prayer, as along with preaching their great work.6:1-7 Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had been noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares, and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, and hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church, ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church. They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who were least likely.
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